We’ve started having our students asking each other to dancing during class rotation. We got this idea from Sam Carroll over in Sydney, Australia. I think this is a good idea for a few reasons. Continue reading
Recently, Jesse and I were practicing the snatch aerial for a tutorial video. The release was feeling slow to me and the landing had mixed results. Come to find out, Jesse needed more stretch time into the aerial (i.e. 5,6,7,8) while I was giving her 7,8. I was thinking she didn’t need a long stretch because I don’t need one. I adapted, the release was quick and we were nailing the snatch. It was reinforced once more than I can still improve my communication and that each aerial partner is different with their needs. We both achieved success by enabling the other. So let’s help each other out!
Recent interactions and recounted stories lead me to believe people could do better understanding the perspective of the other person. Or, at the minimum, communicate as if all sides share equal responsibility for succeeding. After all, this is a partner dance which ends up being analogous to much of life and relationships Continue reading
From this point forward, Swingin’ Denver is offering all their dance classes and local workshops at 50% off for all working musicians that play for swing dancers. We have a fine group of musicians that have been known to bust a move on the social floor including Joe Smith, Prescott Blackler, Jeremy Mohney, Sam Cole, Danit Evelyn, Brittney Caraway, and Ian Hutchinson. We would love to see more musician-dancers and dancer-musicians! Continue reading
I find that one of the most difficult tasks as a competition DJ is picking out the right music for a spotlight competition. It starts with communication with the contest coordinator and head judge. Continue reading
Swing dancers love to swing dance and they especially love dancing to live music. Most of the time you’ll find live music in public venues and places where you’ll find “normal” people – Think of swing dancers as upcoming Wizards and non-dancers as Muggles (or normal people). Continue reading